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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


Charles speaking Sunday Morning,
Bob Temple, Sr. Sunday Evening

Bob and I have enjoyed preaching/teaching for the folks at Rivers of Joy the last several weeks.

Charity keeps an eye on my work as I type or write each day from my computer or note pad. I remember when I was in Jefferson High School, I took a typing class (not a spelling class) and I was the only boy in the class with thirty girls. What was I doing in this class, why was I taking this class. Well I learned when I went to Seminary, what a blessing to know how to type.

(If I had only learn how to spell)

From 1982 thru June 1996 I printed my sermon manuscript each week, generally two per week. And several on Wednesday. Almost fourteen years of reading, writing, studying and printing manuscripts was a real joy. Let me see: Matthew, Acts, Romans, I Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, I Thessalonians (chapters 1-2) I Timothy (chapter 1) Philemon, Revelation, Daniel. The primary purpose of the Pastor/Teacher is to dispense or give out the Word. Our church allowed me the time to study the Word of God.

Now I will admit had I had a nice Gateway I might have been tempted to type all the message. But I have always loved to print rather than writing. Besides I needed to be able to read what I had written on Sunday. I learned this point the hard way. Since I generally depended upon what I had written when I spoke, at first my scribing was so bad I couldn't figure out what I had said. But quickly I learned to made sure the manuscript was correct, printed legible and words were spelled correctly. And of course, to make sure what I had said was what the text I was speaking on was in context.

FOOTNOTE: In a photo earlier this week, this sheep had no nose and had only one eye. Charity said it needed some shepherd care, so she added a nose and an eye.


  • Okay Ellen you can use the photo of the sheep and other photo, if I can have those on your sites, they are good. folks you need to view those, they have a lot of good information.